Clarion West Alumni News for August 2017

It was a fantastic Summer Workshop season and Write-a-thon, and our workshop staff and volunteers are taking a well-deserved breather. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s workshop, events, and Write-a-thon a success! The workshop is the effort of many dedicated hands, and we couldn’t do it without the support of the Clarion West community.

Clarion West is pleased to announce the instructors for the 2018 Summer Workshop:

Week 1 – Daniel Abraham
Week 2 – Ken MacLeod
Week 3 – Yoon Ha Lee
Week 4 – Karen Lord
Week 5 – Karen Joy Fowler
Week 6 – Ellen Datlow

Applications open in December 2017. If you know a writer who might benefit from the workshop experience, encourage them to apply!

Upcoming fall One-Day Workshop instructors are Arinn DemboNicola GriffithJ. M. Sidorova, and Kij JohnsonGo to the One-Day Workshop page to find out more and to register!

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Two alumni are finalists for this year’s this year’s Endeavour AwardCurtis C. Chen (CW ‘14) for his novel Waypoint Kangaroo, and David D. Levine (CW ’00) for his novel Arabella of Mars.

Neile Graham (CW ‘96) is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director for Clarion West. Tina Connolly (CW ‘06) is a finalist in Best Collection for On the Eyeball Floor, and Kij Johnson is a finalist in Best Long Fiction for her novella “The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe.”

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) won third place with her poem “Song of a Changeling” in the Balticon Poetry Contest of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society in May 2017. Her poem, “Well, Water, Stars,” was nominated for the Rhysling Award and reprinted in The 2017 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Poetry of 2016.


Curtis C. Chen’s (CW ‘14) second novel, Kangaroo Too, was published in July by Thomas Dunne Books.

Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti (CW ’15), has a story in New Orleans Review 2017: The African Literary Hustle.

Justin C. Key (CW ’15) was interviewed in F&SF about his story, “Afiya’s Song.”

Ghost Of The Shoals,” by Sandra M. Odell (CW ’10), appeared in Podcastle in July.

J. Y. Yang (CW ’13) has a new story out at, “Waiting on a Bright Moon.”

A new Liaden Universe story by Steve Miller (CW ‘73) and Sharon Lee, “Due Diligence,” is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Evan J. Peterson (CW ‘15) and Helen Marshall (CW ‘12) both have stories in Unspeakable Horror 2, which will be published at the end of October.

Jude-Marie Green’s (CW ‘10) story, “Far, Far from Land,” was reprinted in the newest issue of Luna Station Quarterly.

Genevieve Williams (CW ‘02) has a new story titled “Arkteia” out in issue 3 of See the Elephant Magazine.

Richard William Larson (CW ‘14) has had a busy month with publications: his story, “Spiked,” was published in Abyss and Apex; “Dispo and the Crow” was published in Mythic Delirium; “An Evening with Severyn Grimes” was published in Asimov’s; “Travelers” was published in Clarkesworld; “L’appel du vide” was published in Apex; and “Pherobomb” was published in Daily Science Fiction. His story “Ghost Girl” appeared in StarShipSofa, narrated by Elie Hirschman.

Vicki Saunders (CW ’09) has a story out in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores: “Tree with Chalicotheres.”

Adele Gardner (CW ’04) has had several recent poetry publications: “Pre-Raphaelite Girls,” written with her father, Delbert R. Gardner, and published in Buckshot Magazine; “Haunt Me,” published in Mythic Delirium 3.4; and “Silicone Valley (after “Eldorado” by Edgar Allan Poe),” in NonBinary Review #12. She was the Featured Poet in Disturbed Digest: Dark Fantasy and Horror #17, and had four poems reprinted in that issue: “I Sing Ophelia,” “A Keepsake Box for Poe,” “Godolin’s Remains,” and “Die Alone, the Demon Said.” She had three non-speculative poems reprinted in DoveTales: Refugees and the Displaced: “The Cities: approximately 7 x 7 years later,” “The Gift,” and “I Have Seen Too Much.” Her flash story, “Escape Pod,” was reprinted in Outposts of Beyond in January.

Three of her photographs (“Tea with My Tree”, “Meet the Sun Halfway”, and “Roman Legionary”) were shown at the 1st Annual Open Juried Exhibit at Gloucester Arts on Main in Gloucester, VA. Finally, Adele is thrilled to report two new publications for her father and collaborator, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor: his fantasy-mystery story, “Who’s Da Vinci?,” appeared as the cover story in Mystery Weekly Magazine, and his non-speculative poem, “What Leaf-Fringed Legend?,” appeared in El Portal.

Caroline M. Yoachim‘s (CW ’06) story, “Building a Bridge Too Vast to Cross,” was published in Daily Science Fiction in July.

New Ventures

Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (CW ’14) has launched a new Patreon. Check out her page to support her.

Curtis C. Chen (CW ’14) started his two-year term as Secretary of SFWA on July 1.

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